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TROPHY (The Trophy Saga Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Paul M. Schofield
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Book Description

Imagine an Earth restored to perfection under the care of ten women Guardians, who answer only to a governing computer. Imagine a peaceful, colonized Solar System. This is what the New Victorian Empire has accomplished in the 475 years of its existence. Now mankind faces extinction because of a genetic mutation caused by the catastrophic collapse of Earth's environment in 2065 A.D., the year the Empire began. The Keyhole anomaly, a wormhole in space, offers a solution: time-travel to transport genetically sound humans from the past. Renegade nuclear engineer Louis Franelli has developed the technology of that time-travel, which his employer, criminal and rebel Galen Bestmarke, is using to go back to 1975 A.D. to collect hunting trophies and establish a slave-trade through time. The Empire is desperate to recover Franelli and his technology so that they can use it to save mankind. The Planetary Control Corps (PCC) under the direction of the Guardians, Star-Commander Abigail VanDevere, and the dynamic young team of Lieutenant Janet Rogerton and Pilot Kolanna face the daunting task of stopping Bestmarke and capturing Franelli. Can the determined officers of the PCC succeed? Can they do so in time?

Trophy is the first book of the Trophy Saga, a future look at a pivotal time in mankind's history. It tells the story of the continuing struggle to prevent the extinction of the human race.

Editorial Reviews


Schofield launches his epic saga with unabashed gusto, creating a story that's part pulp space fiction and part Philip K. Dick.
...a satisfying page turner that treats the reader to a future filled with conflict, hope and an upbeat teaser of a conclusion.
Ideal for young-adult readers who enjoy strong female heroes, kindness to animals, a respect for nature and a bit of romance.
TROPHY is a science fiction thriller as Lt. Janet Rogerton chases a criminal through time and space. Faced with the flaws of human nature and the structure of the government spanning the earth, TROPHY is a top pick ... 

-Midwest Book Review

From the Author

I write future-fiction, which means that my books are based on plausible scientific progress while allowing my readers' imaginations plenty of room to roam. They are free of explicit sex, profanity, graphic violence and paranormal themes, but they do have time-travel, chase and battle scenes involving fusion powered star-ships, soldiers of the Planetary Control Corp, half-human androids, half-animal androids, computer-controlled societies, tender moments and scary moments. My goal is to keep my readers guessing and turning pages from the first paragraph with powerful plots and lots of action.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1018 KB
  • Print Length: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Galactic Publishers; 3 edition (January 31, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0073YEN2M
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Review for Trophy September 19, 2011
This is the first book in the Victorian Empire Saga, and I was really surprised on how much I liked Trophy, as I am not really a fan of sci-fi. This novel has plenty of action and lots of interesting concepts of time travel. It is very easy to get to get lost in this book and when you look up you will not even realize how long you were reading. Star Trek fns will very much enjoy this book.

For a first time author Schofield has done a great job of building up the suspense and moving the plot and storyline right along. Schofield also does a great job on describing every scene where you feel as if you are actually watching them unfold. All of the Battle scenes were written fantastically. I enjoyed watching the characters grow and seeing that they could work as a team.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars time travel and interesting concepts May 24, 2011
I don't usually read sci-fi novels, so I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed Trophy, the first book in the New Victorian Empire saga. With plenty of action, interesting concepts and time travel, it was easy to keep turning the pages. Star Trek fans will enjoy this one.

The story takes place over 500 years into the future where women are in positions of authority and the Earth and Solar System are ruled by CENTRAL--a massive computer government. The story revolves around Galen Bestmarke, a villain who has discovered how to time-travel with the help of Louis Franelli, a genius engineer who once worked for the New Victorian Empire. Lieutenant Janet Rogerton is on assignment to capture Bestmarke before he misuses this technology and puts the human race in peril.

First-time author Schofield succeeds in building suspense and moving the action along. The descriptions and futuristic concepts of the space world setting--fusion-powered starships, space flights, advanced technology, the Keyhole, androids and battle strategies--were brilliant. The whole theory of the guider/pouncer link in which a trained crew member is mentally linked with an animal to fight in space battle was fascinating. The character developments of Martin and Panther and their work as a team was one of the most interesting aspects of the story.

It's true there are some far-fetched ideas that didn't quite work for me because they needed further development. All the crew members and Planetary Control Corps were women. No men. I really had no idea what the men did on Earth or in space. It seemed unbalanced. The only men in the story were the few villains who rebelled against all-women rule.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Page-Turner May 3, 2010
When you start reading this book don't expect to put it down after a few chapters, you won't. Trophy is a page-turner. Every time I read a good book I have images coming up with the story. More interesting story, more images. When I read Trophy, I saw not only images, but a movie.

From teenagers to adults, everyone can read this book. Schofield produced an action-packed, believable science-fiction.

Once you'll finish reading that book, you'll want to read the sequel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A top pick for any looking for a good science fiction read September 11, 2010
The worst has the chance of repeating itself if good people don't act quickly. "Trophy" is a science fiction thriller as Lt. Janet Rogerton chases a criminal through space and time, seeking to repeat the tragedy that almost drove humanity to extinction before. Faced with the flaws of human nature and the structure of the government spanning the earth, "Trophy" is a top pick for any looking for a good science fiction read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Trophy by Paul M. Schofield April 2, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
"Trophy" is the first of two novels in a series. It takes place 475 years after an environmental collapse on Earth.

I have to say I found some very interesting concepts in Mr. Schofields novel. His use of females as the guardians and protectors of earth and the solar system is refreshingly different. In this world it is up to the women to take on all the technical and physical jobs aboard space vehicles. There are no men aboard any of the earth's space vehicles. In fact, other than the bad guys, there are no men at all.

The story is a classic good vs. evil. The classic bad guy wants technology that he can use for nefarious purposes and the good guys, in this case women, want to keep him from using technology that may do further harm to the earth. In the quest to capture and intern the criminals we see the protagonists in a wide range of situations. But, this is a Sci-Fi space novel so there are many skirmishes and battles taking place over the span of the story.

There is a also a very interesting plot twist having to do with animals as assistants to the humans in a military manner. The concept is interesting and mimics some of what the military are doing now with Dolphins.

Although the book starts out with a bit of a Star Wars feeling it soon branches out to take its own place in the Sci-Fi genre. I was a bit disappointed to see the author give us women who seem lightweight when it came to command decisions and taking orders. In any military these are must have qualities. But I don't think it was a deliberate action on Mr. Schofields part. I think in the quest to make them fully rounded characters he played up the feminine qualities of women a little too strongly considering the responsibilities the have in the world he has created.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great start to a series
Trophy is the opening act of what promises to be a good epic science fiction series. It takes place in an imagined future nearly 500 years from now. Read more
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I was really surprised on how much I liked Trophy, as I am not really a fan of S.-F.
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In the words of Lord Byron, "If I don't write to empty my mind, I go mad." So, I write action packed, future-fiction that's fun and refreshing to read.


"In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous." ~Aristotle

Born and raised in Montana, immersion in the natural world around me was inevitable. As I grew up, I learned the complexities of language and the joy of humor by exchanging puns with my father. Just as Mark Twain said, "against the assault of laughter nothing can stand." An avid reader, my favorite genre was science fiction by authors like Isaac Asimov and Frank Herbert and fantasy by J.R.R. Tolkien. Coming of age just in time to watch Star Trek, Star Wars and Babylon V, my love of science fiction grew and my desire to craft and share my own stories was ignited. And since, as Maya Angelou once said, "there is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you", I became a writer.

When I became chilled to the bone in Montana, I moved to Florida, where I became quite well done...urr, seasoned. Now my wife Ellen and I live in western North Carolina with our highly intelligent cats, contentedly fulfilling our role as "halfbacks".

"Science fiction writers foresee the inevitable, and although problems and catastrophes may be inevitable, solutions are not." ~Isaac Asimov

About my books:

My action-packed books feature time-travel, chase and battle scenes, fusion powered star-ships, a computer-controlled society, tender moments and scary episodes. They are free of explicit sex, profanity, graphic violence and paranormal themes.

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